International Women's Day Celebrations
In celebration for UN International Women’s Day, Lynnie Dolman, Elise Carlsberg, Mrs Marina Williams, Ms Erin McNeill and I attended breakfast at the Alexandra Hills Hotel along with a number of other schools from the local area.
Hosted by the Soroptimist International of Bayside, a live-streaming of the much larger breakfast at the Brisbane Convention Centre was planned to be shown. However, due to unforeseen circumstances the live-streaming did not go ahead.
Nonetheless, a new program was quickly devised and despite this set back we still had a wonderful time. We listened to some speakers from the organisation as well as watching some famous gender equality speeches from people such as Emma Watson. We then discussed the negative connotations associated with feminism and how society’s view of feminism needs to be changed in order to move forward with gender equality. Speakers also talked about the fact that gender equality is also a problem for men and that men are significantly underrepresented in gender equality forums.
To raise awareness for gender equality the Senior Student Council hosted a fundraising morning tea for senior girls and staff today. Also, in light of today’s discussions we hope to hold another event later in the year including both genders. The breakfast was a very enjoyable experience and it definitely highlighted the issue of gender equality to us.
International Women’s Day @ Wynnum High
On Friday 6th March, the Senior Student Council organised a morning tea in celebration of International Women’s Day. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911 and since then many organisations, governments, charities and educational institutions have joined in to create events for it. The theme for this year is ‘Make it Happen’ and it is about creating equality now instead of waiting another 75 years.
We decided to invite all female seniors and staff members to attend a morning tea in the Imperial Playhouse, where we iced and decorated our own cupcakes to eat.
A video from Emma Watson’s speech at the United Nations was played, introducing her campaign ‘He for’, ‘She’. This was created to encourage equality between the genders. The day was a great success and all who attended had a great time.
Meghan McDonnell, Year 11